Chevron sees higher profit

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SAN RAMON, Calif. Chevron (CVX) expects fourth-quarter earnings to be "notably higher" than third-quarter profit.

The company said Thursday that its fourth-quarter results will be helped by bigger gains on asset sales and more oil and gas production.

Chevron is America's second-biggest oil company, and it earned $5.25 billion, or $2.69 per share, in the third quarter.

Analysts expect the company to report earnings of $3.03 per share when it posts fourth-quarter results on Feb. 1.

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